Two charming, self-contained shepherds huts set on a West Somerset estate close to the Somerset Levels and in sight of the Blackdown Hills
Situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels, the historic Jordans Estate is the tranquil setting for Rich and Em Speke’s private luxury glamping experience. Comprising two self-contained shepherd's hut, this adults-only retreat is the perfect destination for couples seeking solace from the frenetic modern world.
There’s a calm and leisurely pace to life on the Estate. Most of the time, your nearest neighbours are the deer that emerge from the 100 acre woodland to the dew-drenched fields at dawn. A former dairy farm, the cows have given way to a scattering of sheep and agrarian fields of seasonal crops. So for any city slickers yearning for an authentic slice of rural life, this is the real deal.
While suitably rustic in setting, the shepherds huts themselves are a masterclass in comfort having been handcrafted on site by the esteemed Blackdown Shepherds Hut Company. A double bed, fully-equipped kitchen, en suite bathroom (with toilet and shower), and wood-burning stove sees to it that guests want for nothing, and plans are also afoot for private wood-burning hot tubs. The extra little touches like a vase full of wildflowers from the Estate grounds, plus board games and maps of local walks show an admirable attention to detail. And with the Blackdown Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) tantalisingly visible from the comfort of the cabins, the latter will be put to good use.
Though the grand Georgian mansion may be long gone, there are vestiges of its stately past everywhere, such as the ornamental walled garden, stable block, lakeside grotto, and the quaintly named Gingerbread Cottage, house of the former head gardener. Your helpful hosts can fill you in on the Estate’s fascinating history and are more than happy to offer guided walks around the grounds. And what grounds they are, with innumerable trails to explore and wildlife to spot. As gorgeous as this place is in the full bloom of spring with bluebells enlivening the forest floor, the fiery autumn colours and January snowdrops make a winter’s woodland walk just as appealing, safe in the knowledge, of course, that the wood-fire warmed cosy confines of the hut awaits.
Ilminster, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Rich & Em S.Joined in October 2017
19 Ratings · 25 reviews
September 25, 2022
Magical Place to Relax
This place is just magical. Very peaceful and well located. Definitely I would recommend this place to my friends and family. The owners are lovely. The Livingston Hut is a perfect place that you can just disconnect and relax, the hot tub was great, very easy and relatively quick to warm up. We are going to come back for sure.
Sebastian & Barbara
August 21, 2022
Amazing stay! Highly recommend!
Amazing stay! Em and Rich were so accommodating and lovely! We had a small problem when we first got there and Rich was so quick to sort it out and so apologetic! Beautiful little hut with everything you need! The bed is super comfy and the wood fired hot tub was lovely! Perfect location. Can’t wait to go back again in winter time. 😍
June 12, 2022
We had an amazing time in the Livingstone hut, it's lovely and decorated so nicely with a lot provided for you :) The hot tub is fab, once it's warmed up it keeps hot for ages needing very little wood to top up. The setting is lovely, we saw greenfinches, woodpeckers, and a nuthatch, and a baby robin kept visiting near our hut tub! Nice area around as well, we would definitely visit again.
January 23, 2022
All I can say is wow what a fantastic little trip away me and my partner had a lovely time here stanley was the perfect shepards hut for us and had everything that we needed also the hot tub was amazing as well 😊😊😊
We can't wait to go back and stay there again
January 11, 2022
Really nice area, the shepherds hut was cosy but spacious, had good facilities. Near by places to eat and explore. Overall was a lovely weekend and would recommend! Some downsides is that the hot tub did take a good 2.5/3 hours to warm up as it is a wood fire one and didn’t feel warm when it reached 37 degrees but it was nice. The wood fire did make the room smell of smoke and it did cover our clothes but a simple wash got the smell out.
September 17, 2021
A relaxing break to celebrate a birthday and anniversary. Stanley was stunning - well fitted out, clever layout and storage, cosy, and immaculately clean. Hosts were very friendly with great communication, and provided us with clear instructions on how to use everything, e.g. the amazing wood fired hot tub! Brilliant location for exploring Somerset - we enjoyed wonderful days out to Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury Tor.
From the host
We offer a luxury country getaway for adults in our handcrafted oak shepherd huts nestled in the picturesque parkland of our historic family estate in Somerset. Sumptuously fitted out you can sit back in luxury and relax.
We also offer 2 Glamping pods (September Only) with shared Shower/WC facilities and a shared Kitchen Shelter
Fully self-catering with kitchen, bathroom and double bed our Shepherd huts ‘Stanley’ and 'Livingstone' are available all year around. You can see the changing seasons through the window whilst relaxing next to a wood-burning stove in winter or watch the sunset while sitting out cooking over the fire pit in Summer. Both have exclusive use, wood fired hot tubs and pizza ovens.
Situated at the foot of the Blackdown Hills, near Ilminster, we are within easy reach of the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis, Exmoor, Dartmoor and the North Devon Coast.
For walkers and cyclists, the Somerset Levels and Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are easily accessible from the Estate. The latter are visible from the window of the hut and can be explored via the 30km Here Path Trail, while the former's unique landscape is an important habitat for a diverse range of birdlife – be sure to check out the nearby RSPB reserves. A 45 minute drive will get you to the world-famous Jurassic Coast the highlights of which include picturesque Lulworth Cove and Lyme Regis. The awe-inspiring national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor are also both under an hour away. Historic sites worth a visit include the ruins of Muchelney Abbey, the medieval Priest's House, Muchelney and, of course, slightly further afield lies the iconic Stonehenge.
Food and drink
Nearby Ilminster and its environs are quite the foodie hub with the Thursday market hosting of range of local produce stalls, as well as the award-winning butchers Bonners (01460 52465). West Country cheeses can be found at Silver Street Dairy (01460 52502) and seasonal fruit and veg at Mike’s Greengrocers (01460 52304). Brown & Forrest Smokery (01458 250875) is an essential stop on the gastro trail, stocking the finest smoked delicacies in their onsite shop and restaurant. Scrumpy fans should seek out Perry's Cider Mill (01460 55195) in Dowlish Wake or, for something a little stronger, there's the Somerset Cider Brandy Company (01460 240 782) in Hambridge. For the pick of the local pubs, just ask Richard and Em. The Five Dials Inn (01460 55359) and The Barrington Boar (01460 259 281) are personal favourites, while the multi-award winning Lord Poulett Arms (01460 73149) in Hinton-St-George balances sophisticated dining with its authentic West Country inn setting.
Enjoy a perfect breakfast, coffee or lunch at the nearby Jordans Courtyard.